President of Baylor Resigns

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges / Seminaries' started by Nord, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. Nord

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    Christianity Today had a good write up on where Dr. Sloan has moved Baylor. In the time he was there he seemed to have moved the institution closer to its spiritual roots.

    Sloan battled secular forces at the university and accomplished the following (according to the article):

    Increased the student body from 12,000 - 14,000

    Tripled Research expenditures (from 2.6 -8.9 million).

    Seven new doctoral programs

    Three new schools established (Engineering, Social Work, Honors College)

    Endowment Doubled

    Annual Gifts and Operating Budget - doubled

    Expanded campus (450 now 750 acres).

    400 million in new facilities (103 million science building).

    Strengthened schools Christian character and encouragement of faith and learning.

    I am sure he will be missed by many but has left a solid vision for the school's future. Possibly rescued it from a slide away from its roots as happened to others schools of excellence that left their Christian roots behind.

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    One must understand that there is a lot more underneath than what appears. He will be able to work better under the scenes than in front. So it is more than what appears. He will still be there. Politics, politics!
     
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    A few notes from a Baylor grad who has watched the situation closely:

    - Dr. Sloan did not battle secular forces at Baylor. He battled the same group that has been in charge of the university for decades. This group believes that overt Christianity should take place outside of the classroom. And that professors should individually decide where/when to express their faith. They believe that Dr. Sloan's methods would move Baylor from being perceived as a university to a bible college.

    - School of Engineering was around long before Dr. Sloan.

    - 400 million in new facilities were largely funded by issuing bonds, debt. It was the first time in the history of the university that debt was issued to pay for facilities. Personally, I think it was a wise move.

    - I'm not sure he strengthed the school's Christian character. I have a nephew on campus now and it does not sound much different than it was 12 years ago (when I was there).

    - I have also seen a stat that the number of administrators during Dr. Sloan's term increased by 40% while the number of professors only increased by 25%

    Most of the fight with Dr. Sloan did not center around the vision of the "soul of Baylor" but around the execution of the plan. Professors were placed into 2 different tracks - A (research) and B (teaching).

    Historically, Baylor has been considered a teaching university and most of the old professors were placed into this track. Many of these professors believed they were then treated like second class citizens.

    Dr. Sloan pushed the university to focus more research. Many new professors have been hired that are more research oriented. These people happen to fit in a higher pay and advancement scale which caused problems within the Baylor community.

    Professors believed that Dr. Sloan and a small group of administrators took over most of the hiring and took much of the decision making out of the hands of department chairs and away from traditional decision making centers.

    There are a host of issues like this. Having a student athlete murdered by a former student athlete in '02 exacerbated the problems and made everything national news.

    BTW - I am a Dr. Sloan supporter. I am strongly in favor of much of what he intended to accomplish. I wish that he had not stepped down. I also wish that his presence/methods did not divide my family (Baylor) the way it has.

    Just want to make sure a more accurate presentation is made.
     

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